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Monster Mash: Diversity dancers get a film deal; S.F. Ballet to tour China; Another view of the Obamas' Broadway date

June 2, 2009 |  8:02 am


--Overnight success: "Britain's Got Talent" winner Diversity gets a film deal -- in 3-D. Fellow competitors Flawless will also appear in the movie.

--Learning empathy: Why the Obamas' night out on Broadway was worth every penny.

--Road trip: San Francisco Ballet plans its first tour of China.

--There he goes again: French stunt climber scales a 41-story building in Australia to draw attention to climate change.

Tintin --Belgian pride: Two museums honor famous Belgians: surrealist painter René Magritte and Tintin creator Hergé.

--Defacing a landmark: Vandals splash red and green paint on Richard Meier-designed Ara Pacis museum in Rome.

--Tackling Dante: Roberto Benigni, star of "Life is Beautiful," makes his stage debut.

--Grand finale: New York Philharmonic bids farewell to clarinetist with a 60-year tenure.

--For sale: Gestapo-looted Pissarro painting seized in Swiss safe goes on auction.

--Supporting the arts: Shubert Foundation awards $17.5 million to theater, dance and performing arts groups.

--Her 15 minutes continues: Sample songs from the upcoming show "Octomom The Musical."

--Culture talk: Former NEA Chairman Bill Ivey and cultural critic Lewis Hyde discuss the social value of the arts in talk at the Getty Center today.

-- Lisa Fung

Top photo: Dance troupe Diversity, winners of "Britain's Got Talent." Credit: Tim Whitby / Getty Images. Lower photo: Tintin with his dog Snowy by Hergé. Credit: Hergé-Moulinsart 2008 via Bloomberg News